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Lee-Ann Sutherland

Staff picture: Lee-Ann Sutherland
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Director of International Land Use Study Centre
lee-ann.sutherland@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Lee-Ann Sutherland Director of Hutton's new flagship International Land Use Study Centre. The new centre reflects the The James Hutton Institute's a vision for inclusive, open science that engages the public, stakeholder groups and scientists with a wide range of expertise in tackling the urgent problems of our time: climate change, food and water security, biodiversity preservation and One Health.

Lee-Ann is also a Research Leader working in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Group. Raised on a family farm in Canada, she is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background European agrarian development, human-environment relations, and farm-level decision-making. She is perhaps best known for her work in developing the ‘Triggering Change’ model of farmer decision-making.  Her current research on recreational approaches to farming engagement (both for non-commercial farmers and on-line gamers) is a progression of her research on land manager relationships with the agri-environment. Lee-Ann is also leading research on hobby farming, gentrification of agriculture and agricultural knowledge and innovation systems, and has recently pioneered the concept of the ‘deskchair countryside’ (people who engage with rural life primarily through their computers) within the rural studies literature.

Lee-Ann coordinated the European Commission-funded H2020 PLAID project (Peer to Peer Learning:  Accessing Innovation through Demonstration) (2017-2019) and FP7 FarmPath project (Farming Transitions:  Pathways towards regional sustainability of agriculture in Europe) (2010-2014).  She also leads the Hutton team on the H2020 AgriLink, H2020 NEWBIE and H2020 RoadMap projects, as well as for several Scottish Government funded streams of work, including

EPIC (Scottish Government's Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks).  Lee-Ann has a strong interest in social justice issues in the agricultural sector, and was appointed to the Scottish Government's Women in Agriculture Task Force from 2017 to 2019. She was the coordinating expert for the EIP Agri Focus Group on New Entrants to Farming (2015-2016) and participated in the European Parliaments' Review of New Entrant Supports in 2017. 

Lee-Ann was elected to the the European Society for Rural Sociology Executive Committee (2013 to 2018), and chaired the local organising committee for the ESRS congress in Aberdeen (2015). She is on the Editorial Board of Land Use Policy, The Journal of Rural Studies, and Sociologia Ruralis. She has published over 50 peer reviewed journal articles, two academic books and over 100 research reports.

Current research interests

  • PLAID:  Peer to Peer Learning:  Accessing Innovation through Demonstration.  European Commission funded H2020 project. (2017-2019)
  • Women in Farming and the Agriculture Sector.  Scottish Government. (2016-2017)
  • SALSA:  Small farms, small food businesses and food security.  European Commission-funded H2020 project (2016-2020).

Past research

  • EIP Agri Focus Group: New entrants to farming.  Lessons to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.  (2015-2016)
  • PRO AKIS:  Prospects for Farmers' Support: Advisory Services in European AKIS (2012-2015).  EC FP7 project. (proakis.hutton.ac.uk)
  • FarmPath: Farming Transitions: Pathways towards regional sustainability of agriculture in Europe (2011 to 2014). EC FP7 project. (farmpath.hutton.ac.uk).
  • GILDED: Governance, Infrastructure, Lifestyle Dynamics and Energy Demand: European Post-Carbon Communities: EC Framework 7 Project (2008 to 2012).
  • RELU SCALE: Rural Economy and Land Use Programme project – The Effects of Scale in Organic Agriculture (2006 to 2010).

Bibliography

  • Small, L.A. (2005) The influence of "family" on agrarian structure: revisiting the family farm debate in Bulgaria and Southern Russia., Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 36, 497-503.
  • Small, L.A. (2004) The opportunity of subsistence-style agriculture: A livelihoods perspective on agrarian change in Central and Eastern Europe., Land-Berichte, 7, 38-57.(In German)
  • Small, L.A. (2003) The opportunity of subsistence-style agriculture: A livelihoods perspective on agrarian change in Central and Eastern Europe., Eastern European Countryside, October, pp45-62.
  • Small, L.A. (2002) Social capital for development: What does it mean when there isn't any?, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 13, 7-25.

  • Burton, R.; Forney, J.; Stock, P.; Sutherland, L-A. (2020) The good farmer. Culture and identity in food and agriculture., Routledge, London, 196pp.
  • Roberts, D.; Torrance, L.; Stirton, G.; Britton, A.J.; Craig, C.; Kyle, C-A.; Abel, C.; Macaulay, C.; Fielding, D.; Watson, H.; Pohle, I.; Robertson, J.; Maxwell, J.; Irvine, K.; Sutherland, L-A.; Dawson, L.A.; Shepherd, L.; Miller, P.; Ellis, R.; Richards, S.; Blok, V.; Hackett, C.; Kettle, H. (2018) Women in Science., The James Hutton Institute, 25pp.
  • Sutherland, L.A.; Darnhofer, I.; Wilson, G.A.; Zagata, L. (2015) Transition pathways towards sustainability in agriculture: case studies from Europe., In: Sutherland, L.-A., Darnhofer, I., Wilson G. A. & Zagata, L. (eds.). Transition Pathways towards Sustainability in Agriculture: Case Studies from Europe. CABI, Wallingford, Chapter 1-14, ppxiii-229.
  • Darnhofer, I.; Sutherland, L.A.; Pinto-Correia, T. (2015) Conceptual insights derived from case studies on 'emerging transitions' in farming., In: Sutherland, L.-A., Darnhofer, I., Wilson G. A. & Zagata, L. (eds.). Transition Pathways towards Sustainability in Agriculture: Case Studies from Europe. CABI, Wallingford, Chapter 13, pp189-204.
  • Sutherland, L.-A.; Wilson, G.A.; Zagata, L. (2015) Introduction., In: Sutherland, L-A., Darnhofer, I., Wilson G. A. & Zagata, L. (eds.). Transition Pathways towards Sustainability in Agriculture: Case Studies from Europe. CABI, Wallingford, Chapter 1, pp1-16.
  • Karanikolas, P.; Viahos, G.; Sutherland, L.-A. (2015) Utilising the multi-level perspective in empirical field research: methodological considerations., In: Sutherland, L-A., Darnhofer, I., Wilson G. A. & Zagata, L. (eds.). Transition Pathways towards Sustainability in Agriculture: Case Studies from Europe. CABI, Wallingford, Chapter 4, pp51-66.
  • Sutherland, L. A.; Zagata, L.; Wilson, G. (2015) Conclusions., In: Sutherland, L-A., Darnhofer, I., Wilson G. A. & Zagata, L. (eds.). Transition Pathways towards Sustainability in Agriculture: Case Studies from Europe. CABI, Wallingford, Chapter 14, pp205-214.
  • Pinto-Correia, T.; Gonzalez, C.; Sutherland, L.-A.; Peneva, M. (2015) Lifestyle farming: countryside consumption and transition towards new farming models., In: Sutherland, L-A., Darnhofer, I., Wilson G. A. & Zagata, L. (eds.). Transition Pathways towards Sustainability in Agriculture: Case Studies from Europe. CABI, Wallingford, Chapter 5, pp67-82.
  • Sutherland, L.-A.; Peter, S.; Zagata, L. (2015) On-farm renewable energy: a "classic case" of technological transition., In: Sutherland, L-A., Darnhofer, I., Wilson G. A. & Zagata, L. (eds.). Transition Pathways towards Sustainability in Agriculture: Case Studies from Europe. CABI, Wallingford, Chapter 9, pp127-142.

PhD Student

  • Senna Middelveld (2012+) A Sociology of Farm-Level Animal Disease Awareness, Knowledge and Practices. Department of Sociology, University of Aberdeen

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